10 More Food You Should Not Feed Your Dog (Part 2)

More common "people" foods that dogs should not eat

 

10 More Things You Should Not Feed Your Dog - Part2

68% of all American households own a pet. . .and consider them part of the family. All too often we feed our beloved dogs foods that are not healthy for them -- not because we don't love them -- but because we are unaware that certain people foods can be seriously harmful.

Everything you feed your dog should be in moderation; yet, these are 10 food items that you should not give your dog. Yes, I am sure that some dogs have eaten some of the listed items and lived to tell about it. . .without harmful side effects. However, purpose of this article to help dog owners become aware of the items that should not be given to our beloved buddies and the reasons why! We believe it safest to err on the side of caution, that is why our lists are so stringent. Always, always check with your vet first!

This is the second list of 10 items potentially harmful to your dog:

  1. Apple cores
  2. Salt
  3. Cat food
  4. Baby food
  5. Milk and dairy products
  6. Moldy foods
  7. Table scraps
  8. Sweetners
  9. Potato peels, leaves and stems
  10. Raw fish

Now here are the reasons WHY you should not feed the above list of foods:

Apple cores- seeds from an apple core contain dangerous ingredients which can be dangerous if your dog eats or chews them.

Salt - salt may lead to electrolyte imbalance if eaten in large quantities. Check your dog food labels since many conventional dog food brands use large quantities of salt to enhance the palatability of the food.

Cat food - although dogs love the taste of cat food, it is generally too high in fats in proteins.

Baby food - baby food often contains onions and garlic which can be harmful to your dog. Garlic may seem benign yet it can cause vomiting, liver damage, anemia and diarrhea. Onions are actually worse than garlic. Both garlic and onions can destroy the red blood cells in a dog. Baby food can result in nutritional deficiencies if fed in large amounts. However, often vets recommend strained baby food for gastrointestinal problems, but it should be strained meat baby food only, no vegetables, noodles, or fruit. Always check with your vet first!

Milk and Dairy Products- dogs, like humans, can be lactose intolerant. Some adult dogs are lacking the enzyme lactase which breaks down the lactose found in milk and dairy products. Ice cream and other dairy products can cause diarrhea. Today's marketplace offers lactose-free products for pets.

Moldy foods - you won't eat moldy food so why should your dog. Moldy foods can cause vomiting and diarrhea due to multiple toxins.

Table Scraps - We generally do not advocate the feeding of human table foods to animal companions, as these foods typically do not meet pets' nutritional needs-and some could even be harmful. Any food that is not part of an animal's normal diet could potentially cause gastrointestinal upset or lead to other problems, such as pancreatitis. If you still wish to offer "people food" as a treat for your pet (and table scraps should never be more than 10% of the diet), we advise talking with your veterinarian first.

Sweetners - Sweeteners such as sucralose (Splenda), aspartame (NutraSweet) and saccharin (Sweet N' Low) are not known to cause problems in dogs or other pets, as the sweetener xylitol has been shown to do. However, they could potentially cause mild gastrointestinal upset if eaten in significant quantities, so it is still a good idea to refrain from offering pets such sweeteners.

Potato leaves and stems-While the ripe tubers are not considered to be toxic, the green parts are. Potatoes and other Solanum species, including the tomato, are members of the nightshade family of plants. These plants contain solanine and other toxic alkaloids which, if eaten in large enough amounts, can produce drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate. Therefore, a bit of ripe potato here and there shouldn't cause any problems for your dogs, but you should be careful that they do not consume the rest of the plant. Be aware that potato peels are also a dangerous pare of the potato that can affect the nervous and urinary system.

Raw fish - raw fish can lead to a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency causing loss of appetite, seizures and in severe cases, death.

Coming soon with be the new hubpage - the third in a series of "Even 10 More Things Not to Feed Your Dog - Part 3). Check back soon for more common foods that we should avoid feeding our beloved Buddys.

Debbie Holte is a frequent contributor of articles on dog health for the website www.buddybeds.com Orthopedic Memory Foam Dog Beds. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for our animals.

Remember there are three things to look for in any company you purchase a dog bed - high quality products, products that will last and stand the test of time, and superior customer service.

 

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